2015 Value Snapshots on advance care planning, palliative care and hospice

Kick off the New Year by making it easy for everyone in your health system to understand the benefits of advance care planning, palliative care and hospice. Value Snapshots are brief, easy-to-digest, two-page summaries developed by palliative care researcher Kathleen Kerr and the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, and are designed to introduce the benefits […]


Surveyors to give advance directives a closer look in nursing homes

Surveyors will be looking more closely at how skilled nursing facilities deal with advance directives, including how they educate, inform and assist residents in exercising their right to accept or refuse medical or surgical treatment and formulate an advance directive. On Nov. 26, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid released an update to the […]


POLST cover sheets answer consumer questions at RCFEs and SNFs

In response to increasing concerns regarding how POLST is being administered in some assisted living communities and skilled-nursing facilities, the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California partnered with the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) and California Assisted Living Association (CALA) to develop provider-specific one-page POLST cover sheets entitled Key Facts about POLST for Residents […]


A Holiday Gift: Peace of Mind

By Sandra Hernandez, President & CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation. The following post is re-blogged with permission. Like many of you, I will spend this holiday season with family and friends celebrating the year’s blessings and remembering loved ones who are no longer here. It is also the time of year, when my family […]


Webinar: Understanding the gaps in community-based palliative care

California is considered a leader in the development and provision of palliative care services across care settings – but we know even more patients could benefit from palliative care. To address this gap, we need to understand the current capacity for delivering community-based palliative care (CBPC) in the context of estimated need, and we need […]


POLST registry logical next step to ensure end-of-life wishes are honored

In 2008, California passed a key bill in the state’s history on healthcare decisions and life-sustaining treatment. Assembly Bill 3000 established Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) into law and gave patients a voice in deciding whether or not they want life-sustaining treatments when they are seriously-ill or approaching the end of life. Now, […]


Be part of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California’s #GivingTuesday campaign

Join with CCCC and be part of an International Day of Giving Back First comes Thanksgiving, then Black Friday, not to mention Cyber Monday. Now we have #GivingTuesday on December 2, 2014. #GivingTuesday reminds us that the spirit of the holiday giving season is about community and that the most meaningful gift we can give […]


Briefing: Exploring the need for a POLST registry in California

Join the California HealthCare Foundation, the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, and others, to explore the potential benefits of creating an online POLST registry, share results from Oregon’s successful POLST registry implementation, and discuss findings of a recent assessment that identified factors related to establishing a POLST registry in California. Wednesday, December 3, 2014 […]


Ethnographic study: Listening deeply to what patients have to say about the end of life

New research published by the California HealthCare Foundation—in collaboration with Point Forward and the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California—illustrates how culture frames end-of-life choices for patients and families. Learn more, and download the report. Health care providers who work with patients toward the end of life are sometimes surprised by the ways patients and […]


Palliative Care & EOL Headlines, November 7, 2014

New ethnographic study released: Listening deeply to what patients have to say about the end of life New research published by the California HealthCare Foundation—in collaboration with Point Forward and the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California—illustrates how culture frames end-of-life choices for patients and families. Learn more and download. Briefing: Exploring the need for a […]